When three Russian-backed separatists with Kalashnikovs turned up at Yuliy Krasiuk’s shop last month, he told them he didn’t want their protection. “There’s no-one I need protecting from except for you guys,” he recalls telling them. [more]
When four armed men in camouflage drive by in a shabby car to a petrol station, it’s easy to think they are Kremlin-backed guerrillas. But the blue-and-yellow stripes of Ukraine’s flag tied to their Kalashnikovs reveals they are fighting on the nation's side. [more]
The paratroopers of elite 95th Zhytomyr Airmobile Brigade have a reputation as Ukraine's toughest and best, always serving on the front lines since the beginning of the bloody conflict in eastern Ukraine. A furious bear is drawn on their flag. [more]
When junior sergeant Dmytro Bazhura, 22, saw a column of separatists driving from Sloviansk through his checkpoint early on July 5, he jumped into his infantry fighting vehicle, opened fire and stopped them. [more]
The regional Security Service of Ukraine headquarters, the command center for Kremlin-backed insurgents before they fled Sloviansk on June 5, was also known as a prison where hostages were kept and beaten. [more]
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